Spartan Softball Suffers Setback, Swept by Heidelberg on Seniors’ Day

The Spartans honored seniors Makenzie Lein, Katherine Seo and Amy Taylor. (photo by Drew Desrosiers)
The Spartans honored seniors Makenzie Lein, Katherine Seo and Amy Taylor. (photo by Drew Desrosiers)

CLEVELAND – Despite a 6-for-7 day at the plate by senior catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor), the Case Western Reserve University softball team suffered a pair of losses to Heidelberg University on Seniors' Day at Mather Park.

The Student Princes (25-13) concluded their season with victories of 8-5 and 5-3 as the Spartans (25-15) are swept for just the second time in 2014.

Along with Taylor, fellow seniors Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) and Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, Utah/Olympus) were honored in between games. Taylor was 4-for-4 with a run and two RBI in game one then went 2-for-3 in the nightcap.

In game one, both teams got on the board in their first at-bat, but the Spartans led 2-1 after an RBI double from junior outfielder Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity). From there, the Student Princes scored seven unanswered with four in the fourth and three in the fifth. Three-run homers from Jordan Hux and Kayla Zachrich sparked each inning. CWRU scored two in the bottom of the sixth via an RBI double from Lein followed by an RBI single by Taylor. However, only one more Spartan would cross the plate in the bottom of the seventh as Heidelberg held on for the win.

Freshman Annie Wennerberg (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) was roughed up in her 3 1/3 innings to drop to 12-5. Paige Atterholt (13-5) battled her way through seven innings to pick up the win for "The Berg."

Offensively, Roberts finished at 2-for-3 with a walk.

Game two was tied up at 1-1 after five before Heidelberg moved on top thanks to a grandslam off of the bat of Rachel Garris. The Spartans scored once in each of the last two innings but were unable to rally to salvage a split.

Sophomore Rebecca Molnar (Independence, Ohio/Independence) fell to 8-2 for the season with four earned runs surrendered in 5 1/3 innings of work.

Along with Taylor, Lein was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI double.

Erin Chapman (12-8) threw all seven innings for Heidelberg and did not need a strikeout to pick up the victory.

The Spartans are scheduled to wrap up the regular season with a 3:30 p.m. home doubleheader versus John Carroll University on Monday, April 28.